• Sacramento in Spring

    Spring in Sacramento is the perfect time to live here.  The weather has simply been divine.  Mid 70s, slight breeze, glorious sunshine with wispy clouds ever so often… Hopefully it will rain a bit more before the scortching summer heat arrives as we did not have a wet winter and everyone is worried we are going back into drought mode. …

  • Six Months in Sacramento

    I have now been living in Sacramento for just over six months.  At first I wasn’t sure if this was a good move for me.  But the longer I am here, the more I am loving this place.  I do not think I have ever lived in a place where people are so nice, so happy, so open and genuinely…

  • The Land of Golden Pagodas

    I’m headed out for a new adventure.  You may be thinking, ah she’s headed to Mexico.  But this is not the case.  Although I hope to get down there late next year, I’m headed in a more eastward direction with a whole lot of miles and ocean in between. I’m going to Myanmar!  A Buddhist country full of golden pagodas…

  • Spring Is Really Here

    A happy poem to welcome in Spring! It is also entered in Susanna Leonard Hill’s “In Just Spring” children’s story writing contest. I hope you enjoy. Spring Love All photos and the story by Gretchen Fogelstrom A bee buzzed by a flower one day, A sunny afternoon in the month of May. The flower winked once to catch his eye,…

  • Thumbs Up for Jungle Boogie

    So craziness – the literary agent has already gotten back to me – same day!  And he said Jungle Boogie was pretty good.  Said I needed to tighten up the rhyming a bit and add a stronger ending… apparently just happiness isn’t good enough.  And he said after I tweak that he’d like to see it again- YAY! So guess…

  • Trifecta Writing Challenge: Awarded Me Bronze!

    I have always thought bronze was a fantastic color.  Shimmery or flat, it just oozes with warmth.  So I am over-the-top excited to learn this morning that my 33-word story The Hurricane just earned itself the Bronze in the Trifecta (WORLD ) Writing Challenge – I’m Thrilled!!! “Storied Impressions rounds out our top three this weekend with a killer personification line…